Fenwick, Edward

Fenwick, Edward a Roman Catholic bishop, was a native of Maryland, long a Dominican missionary in Kentucky, and was consecrated the first bishop of Cincinnati, January 13, 1822, a see which then included Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He built churches throughout his vast diocese, dedicated the Cathedral of Cincinnati in 1826, called in the aid of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of Charity, and the Poor Clares, founded in his city the Athenaeum, now St. Xavier's College, and in 1831 established the Catholic Telegraph, the oldest of American Catholic papers. Edward Fenwick died of cholera at Wooster, Ohio, September 26, 1832. See De Gourcey and Shea, Hist. of the Cath. Church in the U.S. page 547.

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